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Iron County completes election canvass

By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] HURLEY - The Iron County board of canvass met Friday to complete the canvass of local votes cast in Tuesday's election, formally certifying the results....

 
 News    April 10, 2021 

Hurley School releases spring calendar

By TOM LAVENTURE [email protected] HURLEY — The Hurley K-12 School has released its spring calendar with events modified for public participation. Scheduled spring events include traditional but modified graduations and prom, choral...

 
 News    April 10, 2021 

WUPHD warns against ticks, mosquito-borne disease

By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] HANCOCK — As the weather warms up, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is warning residents of potential diseases they can get from ticks and mosquitoes. Ticks live in grassy, bushy or wooded...

 

Wakefield Library reopens patron exhibit

By CHARITY SMITH [email protected] WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield Public Library reopened its monthly patron exhibit this month. The exhibit, which features artwork and other collectibles...

 

State to test private wells for chemicals

By TOM LAVENTURE [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — The presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the area of the Gogebic Iron County Airport has prompted a second phase of sampling to determine the spread of the...

 

Finance committee approves contract extension

By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] HURLEY — Iron County will continue to use the Duluth-based Jamar Company for heating and cooling work at the county courthouse after the Iron County Board of Supervisors’ finance committee approved...

 
 By Tom LaVenture    News    April 8, 2021

Mercer voters approve PRAT

MERCER, Wis. - Mercer voters approved a half-cent consumer tax to help pay for roads and infrastructure costs in Tuesday's spring election. The voter approved the Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) with...

 
 By Charity Smith    News    April 8, 2021

Bessemer 4th of July is a go

BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council gave the organizers of local Fourth of July festivities its “blessing” Monday to go ahead with plans for this year’s events. “I’ll be happy with absolutely anything that we can have just to bring our...

 

COVID variant found in Houghton County

By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] HANCOCK — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has identified a variant of COVID-19 that is thought to have emerged in the United Kingdom in five Houghton County cases, the Western...

 

Rink work continues

By TOM LAVENTURE [email protected] IRONWOOD — As the heavy work involved in building the new Pat O’Donnell Civic Center is completed the more detailed finishing work has its own complications with scheduling and shipping delays that...

 

M-26 bridge work delayed, start planned for later in April

By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] GREENLAND - The region's fickle weather can make spring a difficult time to plan construction projects in the Western Upper Peninsula, as evident by the...

 

Bessemer VFW offers drive-thru Easter event

By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER - For the second year in a row, VFW Post 3687 in Bessemer sponsored on Saturday a "COVID-friendly" celebration that organizers described as "an Easter...

 

Iron County votes today

By RICHARD JENKINS [email protected] HURLEY — Iron County voters are heading to the polls today to cast their ballots in Wisconsin’s spring election. Although the local races will depend on where voters live, everyone in the county will...

 

Kimball church members enjoy Easter breakfast

By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] KIMBALL, Wis. — In a sign that the COVID-19 pandemic is fading — and/or that more and more people now have related vaccinations — an Iron County church offered an Easter morning breakfast at its Kimball...

 
 By Charity Smith    News    April 3, 2021

Council approves resolution for flexible meeting platforms

BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council approved a resolution to allow flexibility in meeting platforms during its first in-person meeting in over a year on Friday. The special meeting was called in order to address the issue of whether or not to...

 
 By Charity Smith    News    April 3, 2021

Slimed for a cause

BESSEMER - Students at Washington Elementary got to pour slime on Mark Switzer, the school's dean of instruction, on Thursday, as a reward for the kids' fundraising efforts in the Kids Heart...

 
 By Tom LaVenture    News    April 2, 2021

Mercer to decide on PRAT tax in Tuesday election

MERCER, Wisc. — Town of Mercer voters will decide whether or not to pass a half-cent consumer tax to pay for roads and infrastructure spending in an Election Day referendum on Tuesday. Voters may choose yes or no to the ballet question, “Should t...

 
 By Charity Smith    News    April 2, 2021

ADJ learns about autism

BESSEMER - Students and staff at A.D. Johnson Junior-Senior High School spent Thursday learning about autism in preparation for Autism Awareness Day today. "The theme for world wide autism is to also...

 
 By Richard Jenkins    News    April 1, 2021

County board OKs Germania Hill land purchase

HURLEY — They may never need it, but Iron County will be able to build a new route to its communication tower on Germania Hill in Hurley after the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted 13-2 to approve a land purchase Tuesday. Supervisors Larry...

 
 By Charity Smith    News    April 1, 2021

GCC medical coding, billing program lauded

IRONWOOD — Gogebic Community College was singled out for having one of the best medical coding and billing degree programs in 2021 by intelligent.com, an online magazine that rates post-secondary education programs. GCC president George McNulty tol...

 
 By Charity Smith    News    March 31, 2021

Mercer Library offers variety of online activities

MERCER, Wis. - While the Mercer Library is open, the staff continues to offer a variety of online events as they are not hosting any in-person gatherings due to social distancing concerns. "We are...

 
 By Richard Jenkins    News    March 31, 2021

Agreement reached in former fire chief's case

HURLEY — It appears the criminal case against a former chief of the Hurley Volunteer Fire Department is nearing a conclusion after a deferred prosecution agreement was accepted in the case Monday. Darrell J. Petrusha, 56, was charged with one...

 
 By P.J. Glisson    News    March 30, 2021

Wakefield ponders solution to Iron Belle extension

WAKEFIELD — Last summer, an expansion of the Iron Belle Trail linked Bessemer to Ramsay, meaning that the trail in Gogebic County now stretches from Hurley to Ramsay, with a paved trail for silent sports such as hiking and biking. A new hurdle now...

 
 By Tom LaVenture    News    March 30, 2021

'Seeds of Change' demo set for First Friday 

IRONWOOD — The First Friday Committee is planning one more virtual event for the pandemic with a seeding demonstration from master gardeners to help residents with planting in their gardens. “Seeds of Change” will be a Facebook Live First...

 

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